Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Liz Phair; Producer (group): Matador

The main attraction on Juvenilia isn’t Liz Phair’s straight-faced cover of the new-wave masturbation anthem ”Turning Japanese”; it’s the release of six songs from the homemade tapes that helped land Phair a record deal. Low-fi and basement-tape intimate, the tunes are more half-finished musings than finished melodies. But her droll delivery, unconventional guitar strummings, references to leaving home — and, yep, use of the F-word — shows she always knew exactly where she was heading. B

Originally posted August 4 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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